Crescent Moon Ranch

by: Editor on 12/4/2014

Crescent Moon RanchHiking is Sedona’s number one activity for locals and visitors alike. With ample opportunity to connect with nature and many trails for all skill levels most would consider Sedona the mecca of hiking. For those of you who are looking for an easy hike/stroll in a peaceful area, we have one more spot for you, Crescent Moon Ranch.

Crescent Moon Ranch is not only beautiful but very peaceful as well. While this is a hot spot to visit during the summer months it can be just as great in the winter months also. The water may be a bit chilly for a swim but you can still stroll along the banks of the river and enjoy the breath taking views of Cathedral Rock.

Pack a picnic lunch, bring a blanket and a book or even a frisbee and enjoy relaxing in the sun while taking in the amazing views around you. Bring your furry friend, Fido, or the kids along. They are bound to run out some energy! And you certainly don’t want to forget your camera. With a majestic background, you might even capture your Christmas card picture while visiting.

There is a $10 entry fee per vehicle to help with the upkeep and maintenance of the grounds and the public facilities.

Turkey Trot Sedona

by: Editor on 11/20/2014

Turkey Trot SedonaThanksgiving is here which means it is time for Sedona’s 5th annual Turkey Trot. What better way to burn off all of the pumpkin pie and stuffing that you are going to eat than to join in on a fun run?! Start the day off with a little exercise to get your blood pumping and ready for the extended family that will soon be knocking on your door.

The fun begins Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27 at 9:00 am. Be sure to register early, if not, you could show up that morning and there not be enough spots for you. Pre registration can be done online. The cost is only $35 and you get a t-shirt! Awards will be given for the top three males, top three females, as well as the top male and female finisher in each age bracket.

If that’s not enough for you, try the Iron Turkey Challenge. Bring your frozen or thawed Thanksgiving turkey and carry it through the entire race. While there are no additional awards for the Iron Turkey Challenge, it adds additional admiration from fellow runners and onlookers alike.

Be sure to get a good night’s rest the night before. Let us help you relax in comfort here at BEST WESTERN PLUS Arroyo Roble and Creekside Villas here in Sedona. Our goal is to bring you as much of home away from home as we can. Reservations can be made online with the quick click of a button making it even more convenient for you.

Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating

by: Editor on 10/30/2014

Have a safe and fun Halloween with these few safety tips for trick-or-treating this weekend.

 

  1. Trick-or-treat in groups. Don’t let you children go out with just one other person or alone.
  2. At least one person in the group should carry a cell phone for any emergencies.
  3. It is hard for drivers to see pedestrians after dark. Carry a flashlight, glow sticks or consider using reflective tape on costumes. Still undecided on a costume? Opt for something bright to help with visibility.
  4. Check and make sure costumes don’t drag the ground. They could be a tripping hazard.
  5. Make sure costumes with weapons are not easily mistaken for actual weapons. Also check that they are not sharp or rough edges as they could easily hurt someone just by walking too close.
  6. Don’t enter a house or a car for candy, or anything else.
  7. Avoid alleyways and be respectful of others’ yards. Walk on the side walk and not through their beautiful landscaping.
  8. Watch for cars and use designated crosswalks
  9. Parents, sort and inspect all candy before the kiddos get their hands on it. Any candy that has been unwrapped or looks questionable should be thrown away.
  10. Eating too much candy at once can cause serious belly aches. Spread the candy out over an extended period of time to avoid hurting tummies and sugar highs.

Halloween Costume Ideas

by: Editor on 10/25/2014

Have a Halloween party but no Halloween costume? Have no fear, we have a few quick and easy Halloween costume ideas that won’t break the bank.

  1. Men in Black: Look dapper and pull off an excellent costume. All you need is a dark suit and a sweet pair of shades.
  2. Cactus: We are in Arizona after all. A green hoodie and pair of sweat pants, white pipe cleaners and glue, and/or sewing kit is all you need. Cut pipe cleaners in half and bend into the shape of a ‘V’. Glue or sew all over the sweats and hoodie. Hold your arms up and out in any form or fashion and you, my friend, are a saguaro cactus.
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: Take a disposable, aluminum baking pan and spray paint green for the shell. Wear an all green outfit and find a bright colorful bandana, thick ribbon or even scrap from an old t-shirt to tie around your head.
  4. Curious George: Head to your local thrift shop for a pair of yellow pants, a yellow shirt and tie. Now all you need is a pair of boots, a wide brimmed hat (spray painted… you guessed it, yellow!) and a stuffed monkey.

Halloween in Sedona

by: Editor on 10/21/2014

It’s almost Halloween and fortunately for you, some of the most haunted establishments in Arizona are just down the road. Start to get in the spirit of the holiday early and head over to Jerome which is home of numerous haunted buildings.

Check out the Connor Hotel, the Mile High Inn and other haunted places on your own or sign up for one of the haunted tours. Tours of Jerome offers several different tours to fit your schedule and your budget. Choose from a two hour tour, four hour tour or a full five hour tour with complimentary drinks at the haunted Mile High Inn & Grille, boasting as one of Jerome’s most haunted  places.

Equipped with EMF readers, you get to enter numerous haunted buildings. Be sure to bring your camera and get ready to capture shadows, ghosts and other surprises! Tours of Jerome is a year round attraction giving you the benefit of a true haunted tour and not just a cheap Halloween spoof.

Rich with history, Jerome has a deep past that you get to learn about while also experiencing the paranormal activity of this small mining town. Learn the history of these haunted buildings and the ghosts that haunt them.

For more information, pricing and bookings, head over to Tours of Jerome’s website. And of course, you can always book your Sedona hotel on our website. We make it convenient and easy for you to plan your Halloween getaway.

Sedona Tours

by: Editor on 10/6/2014

The beautiful red rocks of Sedona is a must see for visitors from all over the country. Here, in Sedona, there are a number of tours you can take of the area. Most tours visit the most popular tourist attractions as well as give you ample views of the beautiful red rocks that surround the area.

One of the most unique and popular tours in the area comes by one of the most fun looking modes of transportation, a bright pink Jeep. The Pink Jeep Tours is not only fun and exciting but attracts even the most manly of all visitors to the area, giving them a rugged off road experience. In addition to panoramic views and off roading, learn so much more about Native American history in the area, nature and local geology.

For a spectacular ‘over-view’ of the area, check out one of several helicopter tours. Recently, these tours have become increasingly more popular.  Offering red rock views like you have never seen before and a tour of the surrounding areas such as Oak Creek Canyon, this is the way to do a tour! With several tour options to choose from you can choose the tour that is just right for you.